Nikki Haley said Sunday that her parents were home when she was subjected to a “swatting” hoax in December at her Kiawah Island, South Carolina, home.
Appearance On NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The former South Carolina governor and 2024 GOP presidential nominee said officers “pulled their guns” and pointed at her parents, who were with a caregiver, after police were reportedly falsely directed to her home on suspicion of a crime.
Hailey and her son were not home at the time of this “horrific situation.” This was first reported by Reuters.
Hailey’s husband, Michael, was also not present as he is currently deployed overseas with the South Carolina National Guard.
According to an email from Kiawah Island’s public safety director to other town officials, obtained by Reuters, the incident occurred on Dec. 30 after a man called 911 and “claimed he had shot his girlfriend and threatened to harm himself while at Nikki’s house.” Haley.”
Authorities determined the threat was a hoax, and no known arrests have been made.
ABC News has reached out to Kiawah Island Public Safety Director Craig Harris for comment but has not yet received a response.
“It put law enforcement officers in danger, my family was in danger, and, you know, it wasn’t safe,” Haley said Sunday, adding that the threat was not the only one made against her so far on the campaign trail. 2024 campaign cycle.
“This is what happens when you run for president,” Haley said. “What I don’t want is for my children to live like this.”
She added that she feels the incident is evidence of “the chaos surrounding our country right now.”
Haley, who also served as US ambassador to the United Nations before running for president, is one of several prominent political figures who have recently been targeted in various ways.
Last month, a New Hampshire man was arrested and charged after sending a series of threatening text messages about three presidential candidates — including death threats to then-Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. The Justice Department did not identify the other candidates who were allegedly threatened.
Attorney General Merrick Garland took notice of the environment last month, noting a “deeply disturbing rise” in threats against government officials.
“Just in the final months of 2023, the Department investigated and charged individuals with making violent threats against FBI agents, federal judges, including a Supreme Court justice, presidential candidates, members of Congress, members of the military, and election workers,” Garland said. In statements at a round table at the Ministry of Justice. “These threats are unacceptable. They threaten the fabric of our democracy.”
Haley noted on Sunday that the “beating” incident that occurred in December “was not the first time.”
“I think it happened twice,” she added, though it is unclear whether she was referring to herself or another candidate.
ABC News’ Abby Cruz and Alexander Malin contributed to this report.
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